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Bluegrass-styled string band Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at a special ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tuesday night (Sept. 17).
Marty Stuart, who extended the membership invitation to the band in August, helped induct the group, along with Dierks Bentley and Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher.
Old Crow Medicine Show made a memorable Opry debut in 2001, receiving a standing ovation for their performance. They have played the Opry and Opry Plaza stages several times over the years. The band’s signature tune, “Wagon Wheel,” came to the mainstream forefront this year when Darius Rucker recorded it and it became a No. 1 country single.
During the induction ceremony, Marty told the band, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.” Dierks congratulated the group and welcomed them to “the coolest club there is.”
Old Crow Medicine Show member Ketch Secor addressed the audience, saying, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. We the Old Crows are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.”
Old Crow Medicine Show performed “Wagon Wheel” before joining Dierks, Marty, Connie Smith and the Del McCoury Band for ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw the Light.”
Congratulations to Old Crow Medicine Show!